There is nothing worse than the yips. In golf it involves swinging and watching everything fly 90 degrees right off your club face. You can't control anything and it's 100 percent mental. It's horribly embarrassing and it's probably a million times worse to have the yips if you're a kicker in football.
The Bucs actually traded up for Aguayo, the most accurate kicker in college football history, believing he could make a difference for the team immediately. He's made a difference, except the difference is everyone's talking about him for all the wrong reasons.
Things got so bad he decided to talk with a "mental coach."
That's about as big a red flag as you can have, but fortunately it probably helped and -- oh, wait, what's that? Things are getting worse? Oh no.
Another miss for Aguayo. This one he kicked into the line. Overall, Aguayo was 3-for-6 on kicks in 11-on-11 work today. #Bucs— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsNFL) August 23, 2016
It's the preseason and it's just practice but this is a MAJOR PROBLEM. When someone is a top-60 pick, like Aguayo was, the expectation is early production.
When someone is a kicker taken has never missed a field goal inside of 40 yards, the expectation is deadly accuracy out of the gate.
Instead Aguayo is missing everything in sight and clearly has demons dancing in his head. Week 3 of the preseason looms quite large for him.